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Core Curriculum Syllabus Guidelines, Data Collection, Assessment Methods, Program Matrix, and SLOs

  • Syllabus Guidelines

    Core Curriculum Syllabus Guidelines

    In preparation for the launch of the revised core curriculum, we ask that you include a few basic pieces of information on your Fall 2014 syllabi. This information should be grouped together in a discrete core curriculum portion on your syllabi. This requested information includes the following:

    1)      Course SLOs and corresponding ASU SLOs.

    Examples:

    • “Students will be able to explain and defend conclusions drawn on written planning forms and reports.” (CS1)
    • “Students will use the facts, formulas, and techniques learned in this course to find regression equations and use regression equations to make predictions.” (EQS1)
    • “Students will be able to critically evaluate their personal viewpoints as they understand the consequences of their choices.” (PR)

    2)      List or description of appropriate and valid assessment assignment(s) that correspond to each ASU SLO.

    Examples:

    • “Essay that demonstrates CT1 and CS1.”
    • “Objective Exam that demonstrates EQS1.”
    • “Oral presentation that demonstrates PR.”

     

    The following example is given as a guideline. A single, brief essay will demonstrate three of the four objectives, while a separate assignment will cover teamwork.

    Core Curriculum Objectives and related ASU Student Learning Outcomes

    • Course SLO: Students will describe the differences between selected examples of western and nonwestern music. (CT1)
      Assignment: Essay that demonstrates CT1, CS1, and SR1.
    • Course SLO: Students will describe their impressions of selected examples of nonwestern music. (CS1)
      Assignment: Essay that demonstrates CT1, CS1, and SR1.
    • Course SLO: Students will work effectively as a member of a team. (TW2)
      Assignment: Cooperative composition of an SATB part-writing example. Team members (four per team) will be assigned by the professor.
    • Course SLO: Students will discover the roll music plays in selected nonwestern cultures. (SR1)
      Assignment: Essay that demonstrates CT1, CS1, and SR1.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Emmons, Coordinator of Academic Assessment semmons@angelo.edu 486-6031 (office)

     

  • Data Collection

    Core Data Collection for Course-Embedded Direct Assessments – 2014-2016

    This table is an overview of core curriculum data collection for course-embedded direct assessments beginning Fall 2014. Each core class is expected to include assessment of all of the core objectives assigned to that class during each semester, but only scores for certain core objectives will be reported in a given semester. We are on the following rotating schedule for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Academic Years:

    OUTCOME

    ASSESSMENT

    SEMESTER

    Critical Thinking Course-level embedded student work (fall semester of even numbered years) Fall 2014
     Communication Skills Course-level embedded student work (fall semester of odd numbered years) Fall 2015 
     Empirical and Quantitative Skills Course-level embedded student work (spring semester of odd numbered years) Spring 2015
     Teamwork Course-level embedded student work (spring semester of odd numbered years) Spring 2015 
     Social Responsibility Course-level embedded student work (spring semester of even numbered years) Spring 2016 
     Personal Responsibility Course-level embedded student work (spring semester of even numbered years) Spring 2016 

    These elements are needed to fulfill the requirements of data collection for this new core curriculum:

    Faculty teaching core classes will submit a single score for each ASU SLO for a given course. Two scores will be submitted for those individuals who use a pretest and a posttest. These scores will be submitted to the department chair or to a specific folder on the R drive, as determined by the department and the Coordinator of Academic Assessment. The data will include these points.

    1. Course, section, and mode of delivery
    2. ASU SLO
    3. Assessment activity
    4. Expected benchmark
    5. Aggregate mean score and number of students assessed for each section taught (no student level data)

    Example:

    1. XYZ 1301, Section D10, online
    2. ASU SLO CT1
    3. Writing sample
    4. Benchmark = 2 on a 3 point scale
    5. 2.3 (35 students)

     

    Weighted mean scores will be reported in SPOL and will be separated by mode of delivery (traditional/online). To simplify the organization of the data and computation of the weighted mean for the department chair or other individual responsible for reporting the scores, an Excel worksheet can be found by following this link. All assessment data is housed in Strategic Planning Online (SPOL).

  • Assessment Methods

    Outcome

    Assessment

    Type

    Critical Thinking

    Course-level embedded student work (fall semester of even numbered years)

    Direct

     

    Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Critical Thinking module (administered every other year)

    Direct

     

    IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (administered every semester)

    Indirect

     

    National Survey of Student Engagement (administered every other year)

    Indirect

    Communication  Skills

    Course-level embedded student work (fall semester of odd numbered years)

    Direct

     

    Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Writing Skills or Writing Essay module (administered every other year)

    Direct

     

    IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (administered every semester)

    Indirect

     

    National Survey of Student Engagement (administered every other year)

    Indirect

    Empirical and Quantitative Skills

    Course-level embedded student work (spring semester of odd numbered years)

    Direct

     

    Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) Mathematics and Science modules (administered every other year)

    Direct

     

    IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (administered every semester)

    Indirect

     

    National Survey of Student Engagement (administered every other year)

    Indirect

     

    Teamwork

    Course-level embedded student work (spring semester of odd numbered years)

    Direct

     

    IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (administered every semester)

    Indirect

     

    National Survey of Student Engagement (administered every other year)

    Indirect

    Social Responsibility

    Course-level embedded student work (spring semester of even numbered years)

    Direct

     

    IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (administered every semester)

    Indirect

     

    National Survey of Student Engagement (administered every other year)

    Indirect

    Personal Responsibility

    Course-level embedded student work (spring semester of even numbered years)

    Direct

     

    IDEA Student Ratings of Instruction (administered every semester)

    Indirect

     

    National Survey of Student Engagement (administered every other year)

    Indirect

     

  • Core Curriculum Matrix and SLOs